Emigrant in Park County, Montana, is at the base of a gorgeous mountain range, not far from the Gallatin National Forest and Yellowstone National Park. Fishing enthusiasts come to this charming town for fly fishing, as Emigrant is situated along the Yellowstone River.
Gallatin National Forest
9900 Fish Hatchery Rd
Bozeman, MT 59715
The 1.8 million acre Gallatin National Forest is a great place for many outdoor activities with its miles of mountain biking trails and its frozen waterfalls for ice climbing. This park offers more than 1,740 miles of streams and rivers for fishing, including over 700 lakes and reservoirs. The Gallatin National Forest has over 2,600 miles of trails to go hiking and horseback riding. With the snow-peaked mountains, you will experience amazing mountain views.
Yellowstone National Park
200 Old Yellowstone Trail
Gardiner, MT 59030
Yellowstone National Park offers over 2 million acres, and has numerous trails and wildlife such as bears, grey wolves, moose, bison, elk and more. The many activities for park visitors include fishing, hunting, hiking, horseback riding, whitewater rafting and kayaking. This park offers over 300 geysers (natural hot springs that push water and steam in the air), with several active ones. You'll enjoy seeing some of more than 290 lovely waterfalls.
Rangers provide interpretive walks and campfire programs at no cost, but special back country ranger hiking activities are provided with a fee for those who wish. In June 2011, the rates are $15 per adult, $7 for children between the ages of 7 and 15, and free for kids under the age of 6. Special hiking tickets are available at the Grant, Canyon, Albright, Old Faithful and Fishing Bridge park visitor centers. Hikers can venture on their own, but keep in mind that there are many dangers in this vast forest with its many lakes, including turbulent waters, loose rocks and wildlife.
Location: Extends between Livingston and Gardiner. US Highway 89 passes through the valley.
You may want to take time from your nearby Emigrant Inn to do a 53-mile scenic drive through Paradise Valley. You'll find great summer weather and mild winters with amazing views of the Absaroka and Gallatin Mountains, along with flowing rivers and miles of peaceful ranch land.
Directions: From Emigrant, go southwest on Story Road, and then go left on the US-89 N. Take a right onto Mill Creek Road, then National Develop Road 486 Road and then onto Mill Creek Road again.
Passage Falls is a little more than 40 minutes from your cozy Emigrant Bed and Breakfast. A strong waterfall goes straight down to the bottom of the canyon. The hiking trail is approximately 4.2 miles, and is considered easy to moderate. It normally takes about two and a half hours to complete the trail. The best time to go on the trail is from May to October.